Parent Information

Starting Nursery

Dear Parents,
Thank you for visiting Children's Corner website, I hope you find it informative.
As a mum of 2 school age children, I know how difficult it is to juggle a home life, children and a career.
At our setting we aim to provide the highest standard of childcare that is both flexible and affordable and that fits in with your family's lifestyle. You are encouraged to come along and see the nursery for yourself. You will know if the atmosphere feels right for you and your child. Whilst we do operate an open-door policy and we would never refuse parents the opportunity to come and look round, it is more convenient if you can make an appointment as this ensures the nursery manager has time to spend with you to talk through your requirements.
In our setting we will encourage your child to reach his or her own potential both socially and educationally and above all make sure their time with us is fun. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance and use this to ensure personalised learning opportunities for every child. The EYFS curriculum encompasses all children from 0 - 5 and continues from nursery into Reception year at school. Individual care and attention is made possible by high ratio of adults to children. The focus of our nurseries is to have fun and be safe. All have happy stimulating atmospheres with caring, professional staff, many are parents themselves, and whom I hope you will decide can help to care for your child.

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Staff Team

The dedicated staff team at the nursery is safely and carefully selected to meet the needs of various Government standards and requirement for childcare provision as well as the development of the nursery. Parents should be aware that we choose our staff very carefully and our main priority when choosing staff to work within our nurseries is their genuine love and understanding of young children. We aim to employ staff at NNEB or Professional Status Level, Diploma in Early Years Childcare, NVQ Level 3 & 2. In addition, periodically we have trainee students or apprentices, as we value the importance of having trainee staff to nurture their interest in the field.
We aim for all staff to hold a Paediatric First Aid and Food Handling and Hygiene certificate (Level 2). All staff has been Enhanced Disclosure and barring checked (DBC), which is renewed every 3 years. My husband has completed his Level 2 in Food & Hygiene is our cook and our domestic staff to support the team to ensure staff spends maximum time with the children. He also maintains the upkeep of the premises. Our team is well established and regularly reviewing their training and development.

Mrs Kila, Manager & Proprietor, I took over this wonderful family run nursery in Feb 2010. Prior to that I was a Child Care Social Work Service Manager for a national charity and prior to that I was a statutory social worker in a Child Protection Team. I have also 2 primary aged children and live in the community. I have spent most of my life working with children, either as a nursery nurse or youth worker. I am qualified NNEB, Diploma in Social Work, Degree in Social Science and Diploma in Management.

Mr Baz, co-owner and cook at the nursery! He has food hygiene certificate at level 2, Mr Baz has owned several other businesses prior to venturing into the nursery world. He is married to Mrs. Kila and they work in the business together.

Kaisha is a Media & Communication BA graduate, achieved at Birmingham University. However, she has decided this is not for her and wants to peruse Childcare as a career, she has enrolled onto Level 3 – Early Years Educators qualification. She joined us in 2018 and in a short space of time, she has integrated into the team and become a valued member. She has discovered that she is actually very knowledgeable about child development and is grasping providing practical care very comfortable.

She’s back! Mrs Bhakti, Deputy Manager was with the nursery since 2010 as a Nursery Practitioner Level 3, soon becoming a Senior and she had Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies. During her employment with us, Mrs Bhakti was supported to gain her BA in Early Childhood Studies alongside Early Years Teaching Status (EYTS) (same year she was getting married – no pressure!). She left us in 2015, moved to South East London and had a baby and thankfully decided to re-join us again (2018), as a Deputy Manager. Whilst Ms Bhakti was away from us, she was a Deputy Manager at a setting in Croydon. Ms Bhakti will be working towards gaining her Leadership/Management qualification and gaining additional responsibilities of managing operational.

Ms Eun has been with the nursery since March 2015, she is qualified NVQ Level 3 in childcare and has been working with children for over 5 years. She is also a mother of a teenager!

Ms Anastasia joined our team in May 2017, she has been working in the UK as a nanny from Bulgaria. She has a Master’s in Education comparable qualification via NARIC conversation. Ms Anastasia has joined our pre-school class and demonstrates strong child development knowledge and is an excellent team player. Currently on maternity leave until Oct 2019

Ms Sammy, Room Leader for Teenie Tots, Rising Stars & Rising Stars plus, has more energy than most of our toddlers. Ms Sammy joined our team in autumn 2015 as a qualified Level 2, she gained her Early Years Educator (Level 3) in Summer 2016 and we could not stop her but she enrolled onto her Level 4 immediately after to consolidate her knowledge and in 2018, she accepted the challenge of doing Level 2 in Team Leadership course, which she is flying through. She is a very solid practitioner, taking on more Senior responsibilities and duties and the children absolutely love her. She is not afraid to get messy with the children!

Rochel has been qualified practitioner for the last 8 years and the amazing thing is that she did her placement at this nursery before our take over. Unfortunately, she did not go straight into Early Years and was employed at Waitrose, where she entered senior management roles. Her passion was calling and has returned to Early Years and we are super thankful for this. She has enrolled to complete her Level 4 in Childcare upon commencement and we are very excited by her prospects.

Ms Louise joined our team in 2017, she is qualified NVQ Level 2 and has been enrolled to completed her Early Years Educators Level 3. Louise has demonstrated high level of understanding and reflective practice from very early stages of her employment.

Ms Sherrine has been a permanent member of the staff team since Sept 2012, she works term time only. Ms Sherrine has NVQ level 3 in child care and she has worked within our pre-school room for several years. She is very passionate and committed to the children and their parents.

Ms Carolanne joined our team in 2017, after her leaving position as a Deputy Manager of an afterschool club. Carolanne is qualified Level 1 in Children, she left Spring 2018 to have her baby and is currently causally working as an Assistant to support the baby room with their duties.

Richard is our first Early Years Educator at Level 6 – YAY. We are very excited that the children’s have both genders teaching them. Richard completed his Early Childhood studies (BA) and we are encouraging him to gain his Early Years Teaching Status soon. Richard is based with our Pre-school children and has balanced out the staff team antic.

Ms Samira, qualified Level 2 childcare qualification which was gain August 2017, she transferred over to our nursery to continue her training with Early Years Educator Level 3. Ms Samira joined us Nov 2017, as full time permanent Early Years Assistant. In the short time she has been with us, she has demonstrated very strong skills and taken on leadership responsibilities. She has not been shy in requesting progression in such a short space of time, which has been supported. Over the Summer of 2018, Ms Samira has developed a strong vision for the baby room and has taken on Room Leader responsibility with conviction.

Ms Rania joined the team 2018, she has commenced with us as a Trainee Early Years Educator Level 3, she is very liked by the children and her innocence is very endearing with the children. We are wishing that Rania develops her knowledge in child development and progress further within this field.


Key Person System

The Nursery operates a key person system for all children regardless of how often they attend. Your child's key person will be identified to you and will take a special interest in your child's development.
Your child's key person will be allocated prior the settling in phase, your child will receive a ‘Welcome postcard’ which you can use to talk about their nursery. You will also receive ‘About your child’s key person’ information which has basic information and picture, to reassure you about the person who will be caring for your child. If you find that your child has a transition toy, comforter please brings them along. Also, we will ask you to fill in a document ‘All about ME’ and return prior settling, this gives us an idea of your child’s likes and dislikes and we can have interest activities out for them.
The key person will be responsible for developing a positive relationship with your child, attending to all their needs and care. The key person will be keeping a track and assessing your child's development in their individual profile, producing a learning journey and yielding their termly progress reports. This is accessible via our EYFS software www.eylog.co.uk. Your child’s key person will provide support and advice to both you and your child.


Parent Communication

At Children's Corner we appreciate the difficulty of leaving your child whilst you go out to work. We aim to provide a shared care whether your child attends 1 day or full time. It is important to us to feedback to you at the end of the day and to ensure you have all the information you need. As we are a small nursery we have a very close network with our parents and staff.

Daily feedback

All children will have received a published report at the end of the day via our EyLog using an app or by logging in. The information you will receive will on registering time of your child coming to nursery and time they left, daily diary will include: sleep, nappy changes, food that they have eaten (inc snacks), toileting and if they have bottles. You will have notes to Parents from practitioners on their day and you as a parent can also attach note from parents.

Learning journeys

An individual Learning Journey is kept for each child during their time at nursery. This is a shared document between yourselves and the nursery and contains observations about your child's development, pieces of art work and photographs. All entries are dated to show progression and development through their time with us. We do encourage parents to contribute to these themselves, they are a shared document and it is lovely to see what your child is up to outside of nursery.
We hope that parents will find this a memorable keepsake of their child's time with us. This is also an excellent record for your child's reception class teacher to assess his/her progress at school entry.

Reports and parent's evenings

Termly summative reports are completed for all children; these are usually done in accordance with academic timeframe.
Our parent's evenings are held in spring and other in autumn, these evenings give parents a chance to chat with their child's key person regarding their progress and development. It is also an opportunity to meet other parents who use the nursery.

Newsletters

Parents will receive a monthly newsletter giving details of any upcoming events, activities or changes within the nursery.

Parent's area

There are a parent’s notice boards. These boards contain information about the setting, the staff and anything which is upcoming. There is also information on services within the area.


Transitions

If your child starts as a baby in Teenie Tots Room, then about the age of 3 (if there is a space available in Rising Stars Room) your child will make this transition. However, we do require that your child is full toilet trained and is emotionally ready to make this transition to more independence.
The other most important transition is for children moving onto school. It is a huge transition especially for children who have been to nursery majority of their Early Years. We mark this occasion by celebrating their time at the nursery with a Graduation day, where the children wear gowns and hats and are presented with a certificate. As a nursery, we also visit the school within the 1st academic term, to meet the class teacher and the child in their new classroom, as well as give the learning profile to the class teacher.